.Com has over 150 million registrations 35 years after its launch.
There are now officially over 150 million .com domain names registered.
Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) updated its .com domain base statistics earlier today, revealing that .com hit the big milestone.
Just 20 years ago, there were only 10 million domains registered across .com, .net and .org combined. People said “all of the good domains are taken” back then, yet people have found another 140 million-plus .com domains to register.
Verisign, the registry for .com domains, has been a huge benefactor of the boom in domain names. It holds the sole contract for managing the .com registry and is rewarded with as much as $7.85 for each .com registered. It is contractually allowed to increase its prices starting this year.
In 2000, Verisign had 2,291 employees and grossed $475 million. It has sold off most of its businesses since then, focusing solely on running registries. Last year it grossed $1.23 billion with just 872 employees.
The rate of growth in .com has certainly slowed, however. Ten years ago, in September 2010, there were 118 million registered .com domains.